Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Steve Gerber R.I.P.

The comic book world lost one of its true innovators a couple of days ago when the legendary 1970's Marvel scribe Steve Gerber passed away after a long illness. Gerber brought a freshness to comic storytelling that was missing from Marvel at the time. The tried and true Stan Lee blueprint was still going strong but readers were ready for a new style. Of course Gerber's best known for creating Howard The Duck but he also put his stamp on such titles as The Defenders and Man-Thing. In addition to the many other titles he wrote in the '70's, Gerber wrote the iconic Marvel Super Special featuring Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter, the mighty KISS. As if all that wasn't enough, after he left the comic field for a short time to work in animation, Gerber created perhaps the greatest Saturday morning cartoon ever made, Thundarr The Barbarian. Thundarr was light years ahead of the typical Saturday morning fare. It was intelligent and unique and truly captivated my young mind. I got the chance to meet Steve at a convention a few years ago and he was very kind and gracious to me and my friends. He will very definitely be missed!

3 comments:

Todd Franklin said...

Yeah, we really had a nice time meeting Steve at that KC Show in 2004. Nice post!

Karswell said...

I remember as a kid I had like 7 copies of this at one amazing time point. It came out right around my birthday and everyone knew I was a KISS fanatic so typically I got multiple copies from all relatives and friends who knew (same thing happened when the Mad Magazaine board game came out.) And while I do still have one copy of this issue it is sadly in very poor condition.

Mike Middleton, eh? Did you grow up in St Louis MO? My sister Tammy dated a guy with the same exact name...

Mike Middleton said...

I grew up in the Kansas City area so I'm not the same guy. Thanks for your comments.